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CHICAGO Swans have a seemingly placid demeanor, and their monogamous mating habits have made them a symbol of lasting love. But the creatures generally white, with long graceful necks and a black "mask" around their eyes are territorial and can be quite aggressive. That makes them good at driving off geese, but can also lead to disaster.

Anthony Hensley, 37, encountered the uglier side of their personality last weekend in a horrific way. He tended swans that helped keep geese away from a condominium's pond near Des Plaines, Ill.

Witnesses told police that a nesting swan circled Hensley's kayak early Saturday, then attacked him, toppling the kayak and tossing him into the water. The bird continued to lunge at him aggressively as he struggled to make it to shore before disappearing underwater, authorities said.

Hensley and his wife, Amy, had two daughters, Hayden Rose, 3, and Gabriella, 1.

On Monday, his loved ones were struggling to understand how Hensley an experienced kayaker who retained the athletic build of his high school football days could have drowned while on a job they said he'd held for about a decade.

"It just terrible; no words can describe it," said his stepmother, Tammy Hensley. "We are all very upset, but I can't stop thinking about his two daughters."

Family members said Hensley worked for a company that places swans in ponds to deter geese. A representative of Knox Swan and Dog could not be reached for comment.

A state safety representative said an investigation had begun into Hensley's death. Police were also investigating.

Swans, like many creatures, will defend their territory vigorously, especially when their young are involved, said Steve Sullivan, senior curator of urban ecology for the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

"Swans are certainly perfectly happy to attack something that's much larger than them," Sullivan said. "It's mama with her babies, and mama with her babies is always ferocious."

I forgot that swans were this aggressive. Several years ago a local man got fined and vilified in the media for killing a swan which was attacking him. The pics of the guy showed that he had been brutally attacked and there were quite a few people who thought that he got screwed. After seeing this article, they may have been right.
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The swans had not right to do this...

Hensley was just carrying Skittles and an iced tea!...
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The swans had not right to do this...

Hensley was just carrying Skittles and an iced tea!...
The swans did have a right to do this. Illinois has a "Stand your water" law.
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The swans had not right to do this...

Hensley was just carrying Skittles and an iced tea!...
Damn racist swans!! Always going on about how pure and white they are....
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The swans did have a right to do this. Illinois has a "Stand your water" law.
After drinking, I have a problem with the "Hold your water" laws...
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Damn racist swans!! Always going on about how pure and white they are....
You mean "white hispanic"...
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Damn racist swans!! Always going on about how pure and white they are....
Thanks as as this is I still had to your response.
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Where's Al Sharpton when you REALLY need him??
I'm sorry for his family but I just gotta say the swan definitely looks smarter.
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I doubt the smaller brain of the swan makes it smarter, and will it deal with the geese if the company Hensley worked for doesn't replace him. This company that places swans in ponds to deter geese, had him there to protect the killer swan and the others swans.

The swans just might have to start training as an Army..
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